John is a PhD Graduate, Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. His fields of study are comparative politics, international relations and Southeast Asia. He is also a University of Washington International Security Colloquium (UWISC) Graduate Fellow. He is currently involved in cataloging materials from the Adrian Cowell Collection at the University of Washington Central Library.
His dissertation explored local state formation involving the emergence of powerful strongmen in the opium producing regions of Mainland Southeast Asia.
His most recent publication is Developing Disparity: Regional Investment in Burma’s Borderlands for the Transnational Institute.
John’s interest in these issues developed over thirteen years spent living in Southeast Asia. He has traveled extensively within the region. He also possesses language competency in Thai and Burmese.
John holds a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington, a M.A. in Southeast Asia Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a B.A. in Political Science from Emory University.
Research interests: illicit economic activities, strongmen, state formation, civil war, Southeast Asian politics, Agrarian Studies, resource politics, and Overseas Chinese.